Vitamin C: A Guide to Everything You Need to Know
As the weather gets colder and our skin starts to feel the effects, Vitamin C couldn’t come at a better time. Boost your immunity, brighten your complexion and feel amazing inside and out with some of the top Vitamin C products.
Considered one of the most versatile antioxidants in modern dermatology, Vitamin C is touted as skincare’s brilliant all-rounder. Assisting in the treatment and management of fine lines and wrinkles, pigmentation, surface texture and skin tone, it serves as an effective line of defence against harmful reactive oxidative species (ROS) caused by lifestyle and environmental factors. Unlike plants and most animals, Vitamin C cannot be synthesised by the human body due to the absence of an enzyme called L-gulono-gamma-lactone oxidase. While we are able to obtain supplementation from our food and skincare, not all Vitamin C derivatives are created equal which makes the ingredient notoriously hard for consumers to navigate.
So what should we look at when choosing a Vitamin C product? Australian GP and co-founder of Evidence Skincare (ESK), Dre Ginni Mansberg, recommends L-Ascorbic Acid as the only evidence-based form of topical Vitamin C shown in studies to reverse the signs of premature ageing.
We’ve rounded up some of our favourite Vitamin C products right now.
Evidence Skincare Reverse C Serum
The Anti-oxidant Vitamins C (L-Ascorbic Acid – 10%) and E (Tocopherol – 1%) are combined in their most potent forms and work to repair and prevent the appearance of ageing including fine lines, wrinkles, pigmentation and skin roughness. For skin repair, protection and moisturising of dry and normal skin.
The Jojoba Company Ultimate Serum
Bybi C Caf Cream
Melrose Essential C+ Immune
A unique blend of vitamin C and supporting ingredients including zinc, olive leaf extract, vitamin D to maintain immune function and body detoxification.
FRESH Vitamin Nectar Vitamin C Glow Powder 30-Second Foaming Facial
A 30-second foaming facial treatment Unique powder-to-foam formula helps instantly refine skin texture Powered by mineral-rich vitamin fruit complex to revitalize dull skin Produces an effervescent citrus lather that is gentle yet powerful Contains 20% Vitamin C to visibly brighten skin & tighten pores Keeps skin soft & smooth Reveals a refreshed & invigorated complexion with a healthy glow.
FARMACY Very Cherry Bright 15% Clean Vitamin C Serum
A 15% vitamin C serum powered by a potent cocktail of vitamin C-rich acerola cherry and hyaluronic acid to visibly brighten, firm and hydrate skin. Apply to clean skin AM and PM.
ALPHA-H Vitamin C Paste
This innovative weightless formulation slowly releases L-Ascorbic Acid to ensure maximum absorption and results. The combination of 10% L-Ascorbic Acid with natural emollient Shea Butter, helps to brighten the skin to reveal a more vibrant and even-toned complexion. The silky soft, matte formulation, makes it perfect to use as a makeup primer.
La Mav Daily Vitamin C Serum
La Mav Daily Vitamin C Serum is a highly-concentrated Vitamin C serum to target discolouration, brighten skin’s appearance and boost radiance. Vitamin C, Kakadu Plum and Marine Extracts help provide evenly-toned skin while strengthening collagen and elastin for a healthy glowing complexion.